Friday, December 5, 2014
Verizon Has Started Phasing 3G spectrum to LTE
The phase out of 3G networks in exchange for a 4G LTE capabilities has now started, some are now occurring in Manhattan, according to reports.
Verizon Wireless is has started working to change 3G networks to a 4G LTE network that will improve services and will be faster and more reliable. The initial switch happened in Manhattan in New York City as reported on Digital Trends. They had also removed some 3G frequencies in Manhattan, and then turn them back on this time using LTE signals. This is still work-in progress and would need some time to complete.
Verizon is aiming to have the entire infrastructure based on 4G LTE service for its customers. They are the largest wireless carrier in the United States, followed by AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile.
If you are one of the low-tech people who uses old cell phones that uses Verizon’s 3G network, be warned that your old phone days are numbered as they are slowly taking steps to shut the 3G network down.
The company called the transition from 3G to 4G LTE as “spectrum reframing”. Verizon official had confirmed that they are doing tests on 3G spectrum and 4G LTE but they insist that it will take a long time to shut down the 3G network. That is understandable since presently about 41% of Verizon’s mobile traffic still uses 2G or 3G.